How do dogs walk?

Have you ever wondered how a dog walks?  Or a cat?  Both legs on one side at a time?  Cris-cross or diagonal?  How many different gaits do these animals have?  Are cats and dogs the same?  You may never have wondered about these things, but they are important when making sculptures of cats and gods.

So, I asked THE GOOGLE and got some fascinating answers.

  • First–it turns out that over half of the toys made of dogs and other animals have incorrect gaits.  Same for cartoons.
  • Second–cats, camels, and giraffes may have a different gait from all other 4 legged animals.  But more research is needed before I can confirm that fact.
  • Third–in general, dogs do leave 3 legs on the ground at a time when walking.  

So check out these videos.

For a cat walking:  Cat Walking Video

For a dog walking (and other gaits):  Dog Gaits Video

And more information about dog gaits:   Science Daily Article about Dog Gaits

Now that you are educated on cat and dog movement,  I leave you with two questions to ponder:

  • how would a six legged animal walk?
  • Do wings count as legs when considering dragon cat movement?

Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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